3 Patients, 1 Employee Contract Legionnaires’ Disease At Advocate Christ Medical Center – CBS Chicago
The hospital has run tests and confirmed the Legionella bacteria infections.
The length of time between exposure to Legionella bacteria and the appearance of symptoms typically is 2-10 days.
The disease is not transmitted person to person, but primarily by consuming contaminated water.
Officials are working to determine if the outbreak occurred inside the hospital or somewhere else.
“It’s kind of scary to hear that’s happened to my hospital,” said patient Juanita henry. “Apprehensive, a little afraid, but we’ll see how I feel in the next two months when I have to come back here. Maybe it’ll be cleared by then.”
Mariah Monzon said she’s glad she and her son didn’t drink any tap water at the hospital.
“I had apple juice, and they gave my son a smoothie,” she said.